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WHAT IS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREENVILLE COUNTY?

Ø A non-profit organization founded in 1985 to provide home ownership opportunities to  Greenville County families with low income

WHO IS HABITAT?
Ø Funding partners - corporations, churches and individuals -  who donate to build homes
Ø Volunteers from the community who construct homes, supervised by Habitat staff and its Quality
               Assurance Team

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
Habitat for Humanity does not give houses away. Families who desire to become homeowners must meet stringent requirements:
Ø A minimum 1 year continuous employment
Ø 25 hours of educational classes in personal finance, home maintenance, etc.
Ø 200 hours of "sweat equity," building their home and other Habitat homes
Ø Each homeowner family receives a zero percent mortgage loan
Ø Payments average $350.00 per month.
Ø 316 homes built in Greenville County since 1985

THE NEED:  
Ø 18.5% of children under  18 years in Greenville County live below the poverty level
Ø Children in family-owned homes:
§ Score 9% higher in reading and 7% higher in math
§ Are 116% more likely to graduate from college

HABITAT GREENVILLE YEAR IN REVIEW          (PHOTOS PROVIDED TO ACCOMPANY THIS)

Ø 12 homes constructed
Ø 2 home rehabilitations and 5 weatherizations carried out
Ø Volunteers:  1,400 volunteers gave more than $15,000 hours
Ø New ReStore opened in Simpsonville

HABITAT RESTORE - THE STORE THAT BUILDS HOMES

· 3 locations - the  newest,  in Simpsonville, opened in October
· Proceeds go directly to support Habitat's home construction program
· Donation hotline:  312-5016,  OR  arrange pick-up of donations
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